This past year, Ayden was excited to work with Grayson, a senior in high school. Together they worked on the basic building blocks of reading, including alphabetic knowledge, phonological awareness, phonics, word recognition, and comprehension. Grayson, who volunteered twice a week with STAIR, took his role as a tutor very seriously. He understood that it was a big responsibility to help a child learn how to read. Reading well is a skill that Ayden will use every day for the rest of his life.

Ayden graduated the STAIR program this year, and even read the opening remarks at his graduation! He continued to build on his reading skills and that will help him thrive the rest of his school career.

"If you want a child's mind to grow, you must first plant a seed." Antonio, a kind, giggly, soccer-loving second grader in the STAIR Program during the 2022-2023 school year, worked diligently to improve his reading skills for two years with us. His tutors, Gracie & Kaylan, spent week after week with him building his confidence.

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